Ceramics and Kiln Formed Glass give me the ability to work with my hands and imagination.
I grew up in San Francisco, CA where nature and museums were all around me. In 2000 I started taking courses at Sierra Nevada College “Visiting Artist” summer workshops, in Tahoe, CA. That’s where I fell in love with ceramics and fused glass. I continue to support my craft by taking specialty classes from Bullseye Glass & SNC. Some of my instructors were: Kathleen Koop, Bill Abright, Andy Ruble, Randy Brodnax, Don Ellis, Shuji Ikeda, Carole & William Hutchison, Catharine Newell.
I often use found objects, precious or semi-precious stones and metals in the work I create, always trying to show movement in what can be very stiff-feeling materials. I like to use colors and textures from nature, combining my ceramics & glass techniques to create unusual pieces. Another passion of mine is gardening which you can see in my work. When someone asks how I created the piece I know I have captured their attention.
My Mother always called us sticks in the mud when we would create little art projects during the summer. That name just popped into my head and so Stick In The Mud Studio was born.